Shop Operations http://americanmachinist.com/taxonomy/term/6639/more en Simple, Effective Crosshole Deburring http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/simple-effective-crosshole-deburring <div class="node-body article-body">By integrating flexible hones in the machining process, complex parts with cross-drilled holes and other difficult-to-access features can be deburred in house, at less cost </div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/simple-effective-crosshole-deburring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/simple-effective-crosshole-deburring#comments Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Fri, 12 May 2017 20:53:00 +0000 61451 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Cross-drilled holes act as conduits for fluids, lubricants and gases.&nbsp; Failing to remove burrs can cause blockage of these critical passages or create turbulence in the flow.&nbsp;</p> Skills Shortage is a ‘Crisis’ for Tool-and-Die Makers, OEMs http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/skills-shortage-crisis-tool-and-die-makers-oems <div class="field-byline"> Laura Putre | IndustryWeek </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The skilled workers who make the molds and tools used in automotive parts manufacturing and assembly are on the fast track to extinction. “When talent is in short supply in tooling, it’s in short supply in manufacturing,” according to one industry analyst.</div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/skills-shortage-crisis-tool-and-die-makers-oems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/skills-shortage-crisis-tool-and-die-makers-oems#comments Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Gold Wed, 03 May 2017 19:06:00 +0000 60501 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>The U.S. endured a 36% drop in the number of tool and die shops between 1998 and 2010. Those that remain, like Fiat Chrysler Automotive&rsquo;s tooling subsidiary, Autodie, have worked to adapt to the cyclical nature of the automotive business by diversifying their services.</p> More Improvements for Precision Honing Process, Design http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/more-improvements-precision-honing-process-design <div class="node-body article-body">Every micrometer counts in honing of high-precision components, which is the reason Kadia Produktion GmbH applies direct-drive technology for spindles and the stroke, and now has introduced the second generation of its LH honing spindles.</div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/more-improvements-precision-honing-process-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/machining-cutting/more-improvements-precision-honing-process-design#comments Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000 61081 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>Due to the slim dimensions of LH honing spindles, even multi-stage machines like the Kadia T Line are compact units.</p> 11 Tools and Technologies to Boost Machine Shop Performance http://americanmachinist.com/automation/11-tools-and-technologies-boost-machine-shop-performance <div class="node-body gallery-body">Every machine shop is open to the idea that something can be done better: faster, more precisely, at a lower cost per finished part. Here’s a list of new technologies, new functions, and options and applications that will help shops operate with better information, faster responses, improved data connectivity, and more optimal workflow. </div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/automation/11-tools-and-technologies-boost-machine-shop-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/automation/11-tools-and-technologies-boost-machine-shop-performance#comments Automation Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:48:00 +0000 59391 at http://americanmachinist.com A Deeper Look at ‘Precision’ Toolholders http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/deeper-look-precision-toolholders <div class="node-body article-body">Although toolholders are known as critical elements in the precision machining process, the details that differentiate a “standard” toolholder from one designed for more precise, high-speed work can be subtle. Precision toolholders are machined to exacting tolerances to create the optimal fit within the spindle, concentricity, and balance. </div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/deeper-look-precision-toolholders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/cutting-tools/deeper-look-precision-toolholders#comments Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:48:00 +0000 56471 at http://americanmachinist.com New Functions, Options, Applications Enhance Machine Shop Performance http://americanmachinist.com/qc-and-inspection/new-functions-options-applications-enhance-machine-shop-performance <div class="node-body gallery-body">Every machine shop is aware of its competition and its customers’ demand for faster, better, lower-cost finished parts. Here’s a list of new functions, options, and applications for improving machine shops’ results, which can be achieved with more incremental changes or adjustments to workflows. </div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/qc-and-inspection/new-functions-options-applications-enhance-machine-shop-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/qc-and-inspection/new-functions-options-applications-enhance-machine-shop-performance#comments CAD/CAM Software Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:15:00 +0000 55581 at http://americanmachinist.com How to Introduce Additive Manufacturing Without Hindering Machining http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/how-introduce-additive-manufacturing-without-hindering-machining <div class="field-byline"> Megan Ray Nichols | Twitter @nicholsrmegan </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Before investing time and capital into a complete revision of your production process, consider a step-by-step approach to implementing additive manufacturing into an ongoing manufacturing operation. </div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/how-introduce-additive-manufacturing-without-hindering-machining" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/how-introduce-additive-manufacturing-without-hindering-machining#comments Machining / Cutting Shop Operations Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:49:00 +0000 54651 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>&ldquo;Additive manufacturing&rdquo; describes a range of technologies that convert CAD models into 3D forms, including stereolithography and fused deposition modeling, for polymers and other non-metallic materials; and selective or direct metal laser sintering and selective laser melting for metals and alloys. Hybrid manufacturing processes typically use one of the latter technologies to add details to workpieces already semi-finished by CNC machining. &nbsp;(Elb-Schliff Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH photo)</p> Caterpillar in Partnership to Develop 3DP Aluminum, Titanium Parts http://americanmachinist.com/news/caterpillar-partnership-develop-3dp-aluminum-titanium-parts <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Caterpillar Inc. has an agreement in place with FIT AG to design and produce aluminum and titanium parts using additive manufacturing technologies. &ldquo;Caterpillar has a long history of creating innovative products designed to fit the needs of our customers and entering into a strategic alliance with a leader in additive manufacturing will help further that tradition,&rdquo; according to Stacey DelVecchio, Caterpillar Additive Manufacturing project manager.</p></div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/news/caterpillar-partnership-develop-3dp-aluminum-titanium-parts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/news/caterpillar-partnership-develop-3dp-aluminum-titanium-parts#comments News Shop Operations Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:19:00 +0000 54441 at http://americanmachinist.com <p>FIT AG&rsquo;s subsidiary FIT Production GmbH uses multi-laser melting as well as electron-beam melting technologies to produce 3D-printed metal parts for manufacturing and other customers.</p> High-Precision, High-Efficiency Ideas for Machine Shops http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/high-precision-high-efficiency-ideas-machine-shops <div class="node-body gallery-body">Precision is at the core of every effort in every machine shop, not simply to complete turning, grinding, milling, etc. with exceptional accuracy and finish quality — but to get every task, every problem, every idea or inquiry addressed effectively, efficiently and profitably. No wasted steps, no missed opportunities.</div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/high-precision-high-efficiency-ideas-machine-shops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/high-precision-high-efficiency-ideas-machine-shops#comments Automation Cutting Tools Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:07:00 +0000 53621 at http://americanmachinist.com Economical, Flexible Option for Dual-Line Lubrication http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/economical-flexible-option-dual-line-lubrication <div class="node-body article-body">A new automated lubrication system design gives industrial operation an economical way to validate that critical bearing points receive proper amounts of grease or oil.</div> <p><a href="http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/economical-flexible-option-dual-line-lubrication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americanmachinist.com/shop-operations/economical-flexible-option-dual-line-lubrication#comments Machining / Cutting QC and Inspection Shop Operations Wed, 01 Mar 2017 23:04:00 +0000 53541 at http://americanmachinist.com